The Knitting and Crochet Bible

The Knitting and Crochet Bible : The Complete Handbook for Creative Knitting and Crochet

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Learn how to knit and crochet like an expert with this ultimate start-to-finish handbook, packed with knitting patterns and crochet patterns - invaluable whatever your skill level. Basic techniques are thoroughly explained through clear artworks and easy-to-follow instructions, complete with advice on choosing your yarns, needles and crochet hooks. Inspiring designs add excitement to your needlecraft, whether it's knitted cables, fair isle and lace, or crochet motifs and embellishments. Over 45 original projects, from classic baby clothes to stylish scarves and hats, allow you to use your new skills straight away, while the extensive charted stitch libraries provide endless creative possibilities.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 216 x 278 x 24mm | 1,301.8g
  • Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 300 colour illustrations, 300 colour photographs
  • 0715332805
  • 9780715332801
  • 22,722

Table of contents


Introduction to Knitting

Getting Started

How to use this section

Introducing Yarns

Choosing Yarns

Needles and Equipment

Holding the Needles

Casting On

Introducing Knit Stitch

Binding (Casting) Off

Introducing Purl Stitch

Combining Knit and Purl

Advanced Casting On

Advanced Binding (Casting) Off

Increasing Stitches

Decreasing Stitches


Gauge (Tension)

Knit Perfect


Creative Options:


Lace Knitting

Fair Isle


Embossed Knitting

Short Rows

Twisted Stitches


Circular Knitting

Exploring the Choices:


Medallion Knitting

Beaded Knitting

Looped Knitting


Mitred Squares



Reading Knitting Patterns

Knitting a Garment

Other Garment Details

Adapting a Pattern

Knitting a Patterned Garment

Tassels, Fringes and Cords



Flowers and Leaves


Correcting Mistakes

Stitch Library:


Knit and Purl Stitches

Gansey Patterns

Texture Stitches

Rib Stitches

Cable Stitches

Lace Stitches


Knitting Projects:


Garter Stitch Scarf

Flower Top

Striped Bag

Cable Throw

Place Mat and Coaster

Fun Children's Mittens

Rib Stitch Scarf

Short Row Cushion


Garden Plot Squares Throw

Beaded Bag

Sheep Toy

Fair Isle Baby Blanket

Scented Sachets and Cover

Lace Bags

Funnel Neck Sweater

Lace Cardigan

Baby Bootees

Dainty Knitted Trims

Drawstring Bags

Patchwork Cushion

Greetings Cards

Gift Bags

House Sampler

Intarsia Cushion



Introduction to Crochet

How to use this section


Yarn textures

Yarn weights

Yarn fibres

Crochet Techniques:

Basic stitches

Placing the crochet stitches

Making crochet fabrics


Combination stitches

Relief stitches


Bullion stitches and clones knots

Linked stitches

Crossed stitches

Branched stitches

Fur stitch

Solomon's knots

Joining in new balls of yarn

Changing colour of yarn

Multi-coloured designs

Shaping in crochet

Following a crochet pattern

Filet crochet

Joining pieces of crochet

Making crochet motifs

Pressing crochet items

Borders and edgings

Decorative details

Working with beads

Embroidery on crochet

Tartan effects

Fringes, tassels and pompons

Stitch Library:

Basic stitches

Textured stitches

Chevron and wave stitches

Spike stitches

Lacy stitches



Crochet Projects:

Band of bunnies

Sunny day stripes

Precious pastels baby set

Pretty in pink cardigan and shawl

Autumn colour coat


Glorious glamour scarves

Peruvian-style bag

Solomon's knot wrap

Circles and stripes set

Seaside and shells set

Tartan-style set

Summer sky mesh top

Bead-edged beauty

Flower-trimmed cardigan

Multi-coloured motif shrug

Lazy stripe wrap jacket

Casual comfort sweaters

Pot pourri sachets

Rose-red heart rug

Three-colour baby blanket

Rainbow ribbon throw

Picture-perfect cushion covers

Heirloom bedspread

Yarn Details



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About Claire Crompton

Claire Crompton is one of the world's best selling knitting authors and has worked as a pattern designer for major yarn manufacturers, including Sirdar and DMC. She has now established her own range of patterns and teaches workshops around the UK. Visit her website at

Sue Whiting is an accomplished crochet and knitwear designer. After graduating from the London College of Fashion she worked for many of the major yarn manufacturers and is also the author of several books on crochet and other needlecraft subjects.
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Our customer reviews

Lovely book, clear instructions with pictures, has listed all stitches for both techniques with step by step instructions. Also has some great patterns for you to follow after explanation of the different techniques. I refer to this book often now. Would recommend this one!show more
by Kat
It's a must have book. Everything is clear and explained well and the colorful pictures and patterns are awesome more
by Dominique Riggs
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